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Anne Hathaway's Cottage, home of William Shakespeare's Wife

At Shakespeare-upon-Avon the main attractions are themed around the quill-scratching playwrite. Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel to get to grips with the Bard or just relax along the pretty River Avon.

Historic Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is home to the “courting chair” upon which William Shakespeare reputedly wooed his wife Anne. At Mary Arden’s House, the former home of Shakespeare’s mum, rare-breed pigs patted by children by day grunt by night during outdoor performances of Richard III. You can see the Bard’s “second best” bed at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Art and museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Falstaff Experience/Tudor World Museum isn’t all bard news. You’ll also learn about plague, fire and Elizabethan intrigue. The Gallery showcases work by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. At Shakespearience expect gusts of wind, thunder claps and hi-tech wizardry on a romp through the life of you know who.

Quirky things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

You can wander through a tropical rainforest of waterfalls and more than 1,500 winged beauties at the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Watch out for the goliath bird-eating tarantula with furry legs almost as long as a small child’s. No, they don’t roam free.

Events in Stratford-upon-Avon

Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel and join Shakespeare’s April birthday celebrations with street performers and a procession to Holy Trinity Church, the Bard’s last resting place. At the Christmas Festival, Shakespeare’s jollier bearded rival Santa receives visitors in his Winter Wonderland grotto.

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Attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon:


Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham
Birmingham Back to Backs

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays but closed next day Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

Aston Villa FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

The cottage in which Elgar was born. Courtesy of the Elgar Birthplace Museum
Elgar Birthplace Museum

Opening times:
Daily 11am-5pm Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

West Bromwich Albion FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2011/12

Opening times:
Aug 2011 - May 2012 (annual)

What's on in Stratford-upon-Avon:


Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 23/12/2014
17/11/2015 to 23/12/2015

Hurdles action from Cheltenham, Courtesy of Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham New Year's Day Race Meeting

Dates Open:
01/01/2015 to 01/01/2015

Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton. Courtesy of the National Trust
Wightwick Manor

Dates Open:
10/11/2015 to 25/11/2015
01/12/2015 to 23/12/2015
01/12/2014 to 23/12/2014
11/02/2015 to 19/02/2015
03/03/2015 to 04/11/2015

Midnight Mass in New College Chapel

Dates Open:
24/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

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